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Preventing and tackling bullying: Advice from the Department for Education

This guidance has been produced to help schools prevent and respond to bullying as part of their overall behaviour policy, to understand their legal responsibilities in this area, and to understand the Department’s approach.

Some of this advice is primarily aimed at:

school staff, headteachers and governors in schools, sixth forms and colleges including academies, Free Schools, pupil referral units and alternative providers. It also applies to non local authority schools, but their statutory obligations are different as noted in relevant sections.

It may also be useful for further education and community settings.

It outlines, in one place, the Government’s approach to bullying, legal obligations and the powers schools have to tackle bullying, and the principles which underpin the most effective anti-bullying strategies in schools. It also lists further resources through which school staff can access specialist information on the specific issues that they face. 

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Last Updated: 20/12/2019